Fun Things to Do in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham ALIf you’re new to the area or you’ve lived in Birmingham, Alabama for twenty years, there’s always something new and fun to discover in this great part of the country.  From historical tours, a world-class museum to incredible hiking trails, this city has it all- for every budget. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend or you want to show off this beautiful city to your out of town visitors, here’s a list of fun and interesting things you should consider.

The Birmingham Zoo

Since 1955, The Birmingham Zoo has captivated our hearts and our curiosity with education displays and the chance to see more than 950 animals and 230 species.  This zoo is the largest of its kind in the entire state of Alabama.  This zoo is home to an African Elephant, lion, monkey’s, otters, zebras and a southern white rhino. Buy your tickets online to avoid a long line at the front gate.

Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, AL

If you’re on a budget and want to take a stroll through a beautiful and invigorating park, stop by the Botanical Gardens. The garden is 67 acres and packed with 30 different themes.  According to the Botanical Gardens, each section of the park is either a Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature or Gardens of Culture. The gardens are breathtaking, with so many colors and a variety of plant species you normally wouldn’t see in one place.  The Japanese and Rose Gardens are highlighted for many visitors.  The park is open every day of the year, admission is FREE.

Sloss Furnaces

Sloss Furnace is a National Historic Landmark. This site is an important part of Birmingham’s history. The industrial site first opened in 1882- where workers manufactured pig iron. At one point, Sloss Furnace made the most pig iron in the world. The industrial factory produced iron until the 70s. While the site is no longer functional, the patina towers and intricate network of pipes and steel still stand tall. The site is open to the public. Make a quick stop at the visitor’s center to pick up a self-guided brochure. It’s worth the stop!

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is featured in the World Guinness Book of Records as having the most extensive motorcycle collection around.  At any given time, there are 900 rare and vintage motorcycles on display. The museum is also home to a rare Lotus formula one racing car.  If you love history, cars and vintage motorcycles you will want to make a trip to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

This city is deeply rooted in our nation’s history books. The Civil Rights movement was very much a part of this city and still is to this day. This tour takes you to all the historical landmarks of the civil rights movement. The tour includes the Bethel Baptist Church that was bombed three times during the civil rights movement. The tour also takes you through the civil rights institute where historical artifacts like pieces of the Freedom Rider bus are on display.

Oak Mountain State Park

If you feel like heading for the hills for a breath of fresh air, Oak Mountain State Park is a great place to explore and get away.  The park is located about 20 minutes south of the city and features great mountain biking trails, hikes, lakes, fishing, beaches, boat rentals and an incredible mountain BMX course. Stay for the day or for the night in a tent, camper or cabin rental. If you get a chance, check out Peavine Falls. The 65-foot waterfall is breathtaking and refreshing after a hot day on the trail. Please also see our article entitled “Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Birmingham, AL“.

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